AS?

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Hi. I am new to this. I have been trying for about 6 years to get a diagnosis for everything going on in my body. Finally Iritis presented itself and the eye dr pushed the rheumatologist to dig further. My blood test showed I was positive for the B27 Gene. The dr scheduled an MRI to confirm a diagnosis. If my MRI comes back ok then what? Anyone have any experience with this?

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    What are your symptoms?  I did not have an MRI, just the blood work to show the presence of AS (later rediagnosed as psoriatic spondylitis arthritis).
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      Have had hip pain on and off for many years. My SI joints go out and I periodically have to use a cane to walk. I have lumbar disc disease and cervical disc disease. Neck hurts all the time, ribs, hips, low back, tired, muscles hurt, knees, wrists, shoulders. I catch every virus, flu and cold I ever come in contact with. Sometimes I feel fluish, and can't even get out of bed.
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    Wow, sorry to hear you have so much pain and discomfort....sounds like you have the symptoms of AS and then some.  I was diagnosed almost a year ago and right now, my issues are the low back, SI joints with sciatica....and some discomfort with neck.  Have had tendinitis in elbows, quads and shoulders.  Sleeping without a pillow, going to PT and taking yoga help me tremendously.  I guess you are on medication.....I don't think I

    answered your question......

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    Forgot to add you might want to have thyroid checked for tiredness....be sure dr. checks the T3 and T4 because just checking the   Tsh  will not detect it.
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      Thank you Yogee. I have had my thyroid checked every year. I believe this sounds like AS too. I am worried that if the MRI shows nothing we will be back to the drawing board yet again. I just want a diagnosis so I can slow and treat whatever is happening to me before some things are irreversible. Right now I take Meloxicam for inflammation and gabapentin for a pain blocker. I also have fibromyalgia. My C Reactive protein is on the high side also, so there is quite a bit of inflammation in my body.
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